City Of Miami To Purchase Land For New Fire Station In Downtown Miami

Site of New Fire Station at 13 NW 6th St

On April 27th, City Commissioners voted to purchase a 30,189 square foot lot in Downtown Miami located at 13 NW 6th St for $3.45 million.

The land will be bought from AT&T who purchased it in 1986 for $1.6 million. 

Plans are to use the land for a new Fire Station and replace the existing station at 144 NE 5th St.

The site is located to the East of the under construction MiamiCentral complex, which is set to begin service in August and just South of the under construction Miami Worldcenter complex.


2500 Biscayne Construction Updates

2500 Biscayne

2500 Biscayne

Two murals have been added to the North and South exterior of the parking garage at 2500 Biscayne. 

The exterior of the restored Mediterranean Revival building has been painted and windows installed.

The 20 story 2500 Biscayne should be completed in the next month or two.

Previous construction photos can be viewed here.

L'Atelier Miami Beach Construction Progress Photos

L'Atelier Miami Beach

L'Atelier Miami Beach

When we last looked at L'Atelier in September 2016, the lot had been cleared and just the shell of the old Golden Sands Hotel remained. 

Construction has now reached the 3rd floor of the new 18 story tower with 20 residential units. 

Construction is expected to be completed by 2018.

1221 Brickell Purchased For $155M

1221 Brickell along Brickell Avenue

The 1221 Brickell office tower on Brickell Avenue has sold for $155 million and was purchased by Rockpoint Group.

The seller of 1221 Brickell is Blackstone Group, which purchased the building for $107,284,950 in September 2006. 

Built in 1986, the 27 story 1221 Brickell was designed by Harwood K. Smith & Partners and is known for its glass curtain exterior. The center of the building has neon striped lights that illuminate at night and houses the elevator shaft. The building has been featured in many episodes of Miami Vice.


Groundbreaking Begins At Biscayne 27

Biscayne 27 Site in Edgewater

Groundbreaking has begun at Biscayne 27 after developer Richman Group was able to secure a $58.6 construction loan on the 8 story apartment building in Edgewater.

The 2.2 acre site was purchased for $30 million in May 2016 and demolition began the next month on the houses on the land.

Crescent Heights Proposes Building New Miami-Dade Courthouse

New County Courthouse Rendering

New County Courthouse Rendering

Crescent Heights developer Russell Galbut has proposed building a new $300 million courthouse, designed by architect Kobi Karp, on a surface parking lot at 54 W. Flagler St in exchange for the existing courthouse at 73 E. Flagler St., according to The Miami Herald. 

By building a new $300 million courthouse, Miami-Dade would pay Crescent Heights $18 million a year in rent over the course of a 99 year lease. In exchange, Crescent Heights would redevelop the existing courthouse, built in 1928, and turn it into high end offices with shops and restaurants on the ground floor.

In November 2014, voters rejected a tax increase of $390 million to help fund a new courthouse.

Previously in April 2016, Crescent Heights proposed building two 43 story towers with 391 residential units on the 54 W. Flagler St lot.

Hyatt Propose To Build New Hotel And Convention Center

Hyatt Hotel and James L. Knight Center

Hyatt Hotel and James L. Knight Center

The Miami Herald is reporting that Hyatt Hotel Corp. and the City of Miami are in talks to build a new Hyatt Hotel and convention center located next the Brickell Avenue Bridge next to the Northern edge of the Miami River at 400 SE 2nd Ave.

The 612 room Hyatt Regency Hotel and James L. Knight Convention center were built in 1982 and designed by the firm Ferendino Grafton Spillis Candela on a 4.5 acre site at a cost of $110 million.

Hyatt has 12 months to come up with a master plan for the new hotel and convention center. Hyatt's existing lease expires in six years with a 45 year renew option. If a new plan is approved, a new 99 year lease would begin. 

If the new plan is approved by Miami Commissioners, a citywide voter referendum will still need to be required to go ahead.